Paper Waste Management:
Every semester, the nearly 1000 strong student populace gets hard copies of case studies. Each of these cases is 10 pages long, on an average. Most students retain case studies and other miscellaneous study material till the end of the semester and then haphazardly dispose it off just before leaving for semester holidays. On an average 70,000 sheets of paper are wasted. Oikos Jamshedpur is coordinating with Self Help Groups to conduct workshops for transforming this waste paper to useful products like one-sided note books, handmade paper, papier-mâché artifacts etc. We are also taking a more fundamental approach to the paper waste management issue by urging the faculty & administration to reduce the number of paper based quizzes & case lets and instead ssue soft copes of the cases.
Food Waste Management:
The three food courts serving the students of XLRI produce 300 Kgs of kitchen waste on an average. This waste currently is disposed through the municipal waste disposal system managed by JUSCO. We at oikos believe that there is tremendous potential to reduce the amount of food wasted through awareness initiatives. We are coordinating with the infrastructure committee in campus to implement an efficient queuing & serving system to ensure that the students take only as much as they would consume. We also intend to implement a demand forecasting system to ensure that the amount of units expected to be consumed can be predicted accurately considering the students’ prior plans. We are coordinating with local bodies to donate the unused food to poor & homeless people on a daily basis.
As the senior batch prepares to bid adieu to hostel life in XL, to pursue a vibrant corporate career, you would be leaving behind a lot of usable commodities in the hostels. We at oikos as part of our waste management project, request the seniors to donate any usable goods & accessories, ranging from old books & clothes to desks & chairs for the benefit of the underprivileged. We collaborate with NGOs in and around Jamshedpur to ensure that the materials collected reach the needy people. Our members visit the senior rooms to collect the relevant materials.
As part of this initiative we have collected more than 500 books from departing seniors. To ensure sustainability, through an open-house exhibition we circulated the notes & books to the students who were interested in taking them .The remaining books & notes were sorted and funds were raised through their sustainable sale to recirculation vendors. Through our deliberations with the faculty we managed to completely eliminate the use of paper based handouts in two subjects, ‘Organizational Behaviour’ & ‘Managerial Ethics’. We strongly believe that through the project, the trend of paperless cases would be converted into a sustainable initiative & would go a long way towards reducing waste.